From England to China, see how ping pong became a huge sport
Updated 03:43, 23-Nov-2021
Toni Waterman

The origins of table tennis are shrouded in a fair bit of myth and mystery, with legends of ping pong balls carved from champagne corks, hairbrushes used as paddles, and a Soviet spy. 

But one thing is clear: in the near-century-and-a-half since the sport was invented, China has been nearly invincible.

Toni Waterman goes back to the very beginning, to better understand how a pastime invented by the British became the national sport in China.

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